Frequently Asked Questions

Where does Landcruisermart.com source its vehicles from?

Our vehicles come from Central America. We specialize in Land Cruisers specifically diesel left hand drive non US Domestic Market variants. Non US domestic market vehicles were not available in the US and Canada at the time of their production. 

Where are the vehicles located?

Central America, in countries such as el salvador, honduras, guatemala, etc.

Where are the vehicles manufactured?

All vehicles are manufactured in Japan

What ports do you ship to?

We ship anywhere in the world. Popular shipping destionations we ship to include Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Miami, Florida, USA.

What's involved in importing a vehicle from a foreign country?

A lot for sure! Locating the vehicles, performing  pre-purchase inspection, transaction coordination, facilitation of  shipping and insurance, procurement of customs clearance,  pickup from port, are some of the parts of process. We do the work for you!  From buying to delivery, we take care of  all steps. We provide the possiblity to for the customer to relax, have fun and enjoy their non-US vehicle purchase experience.  

Does Landcruisermart.com own the vehicles on the website?

Landcruisermart doesn't own the vehicles on the website, however we offer the service of inspecting, purchasing and shipping the vehicles listed on the website for you. We can inspect, purchase and ship any vehicle for you in central america to you, even if its not listed on the website, contact us with your desired vehicle and we can start sending you potential candidates. 

What is the turn around time between sending payment & loading of the vehicle into the container at the port of departure?

Approximately 20-30 days.

What is an example timeline of the export import process?

Day 1 Payment for the vehicle is received via wire transfer.
Day 2 Vehicle is purchased.
Day 3-5 Vehicle's paperwork at local central american DMV is updated to reflect new owner.

Day 6 Shipping quote is formalized and shipping departure date is confirmed.
Day 6-13 Export Custom Broker arranges for the authorization of Export Certificate of vehicle at central american export office
Day 14 Vehicle is loaded into container for export.
Day 15-30 Vehicle leaves port of departure in central america and finds itself in transit  to destination port via container ocean shipping 
Day 31-38 Vehicles arrives at port of destination and Import customs broker clears country of destination (Canada or US Customs) customs at port of destination.
Day 39 Departure of vehicle from port of destination to your door via a flatbed towing service or whatevers means available.

In which currency are the prices in?

USD United States of America Dollars

What are the payment terms?

Payment Terms

We accept international bank wire transfers in full upfront.

Wire Transfer 

Wire Transfer Process

The payment terms would consist of wire transfer upfront in full of 100% to our bank account in central america to secure the vehicle for the buyer. Upon receipt of full payment, the vehicle would be delivered to the shipping company to be loaded into shipping container, which would issue a bill of lading that we would send via a fast courier such as FEDEX or DHL and the buyer would become the consignee or receiver/owner of the vehicle at that time. 

How does Landcruisermart.com guarantee delivery of the vehicle and that you won't take my money and not deliver the vehicle?

Honesty! One of the many values we stand for, references from past customers are available on request.


What are the values of Landcruisermart.com?

Landcruisermart stands for the values of honesty, transparency and customer satisfaction. Landcruisermart takes pride in creating and maintaining honest and transparent relationships with customers that feel satisfied with their service from Landcruisermart. 


How does Landcruisermart.com guarantee the quality and function of the vehicle?

Through prepurchase inspections.

If you would like to have a prepurchase inspection done on a vehicle before committing to purchase a vehicle the price would start at USD 70 if to reach the vehicle to be inspected  about a half hour drive  must be taken and prices go up for the prepurchase inspection as the time to reach the location of the vehicle increases. The inspection includes a 28-point vehicle quality checklist that provides information pursuant to the quality of the vehicle and over 40 high quality images of exterior, interior, motor etc.   Payment for the prepurchase inspection is payable upfront in full through paypal and is deductible from the total cost of the vehicle if the vehicle sale goes through. 

If a potential buyer would like an further assurance of the quality and function of the vehicle, the potential buyer could send the the funds necessary so the vehicle can be taken for a full diagnostic checkup at a local toyota authorized dealer service centers or independent toyota mechanic. Landcruisermart.com would then send a copy of the toyota authorized dealer service center or independent toyota mechanic full diagnostic checkup to the potential buyer so he can have assurance of the quality and function of the vehicle.

Engine compression checks prior to purchase also are available.


What are the 28 points of the written vehicle pre-purchase inspection checklist?


Matching vin and engine number: VIN/ chassis number stamp on frame matches VIN/ chassis number on vehicle registration and engine number on engine matches vehicle registration.

Paint quality: Original paint or respray and presence of rust and scratches

Tail gate or cargo door functionality: Excellent condition-Tail gate or cargo door opens and closes as per factory design or tailgate has rope to keep closed, etc

Window factory oem label check: Presence of factory oem window label (excellent- all windows have factory oem logo)

Window integrity :Presence of cracks or chips (Excellent-no cracks or chips or cracked and chipped)

Window Seal condition:Front/rear window seals presence and condition (excellent, weathered, teared ,etc

Window crank condition: Door window cranks functionality ( excellent, no binding or partially sticking)

Door window seal condition: Door windows seal (complete seal, small gap, etc)

Door seals: presence and condition of doors seals (excellent, teared, loose,etc)

Locking functionality of doors: Door lock functionality (if all doors lock)

Door card condition: door cards presence and condition(excellent, small rips, tears, etc)

Radio antenna condition: presence and condition

Light lenses condition: Light lenses present, and condition (cracked,broken,dirty, moisture inside) Oem or aftermarket

Light functionality: lights functionality, headlamps, stoplights,etc

Wheel condition: Oem or aftermarket, steel or Alloy wheels

Wheel caps condition: wheelcaps present and condition

Electrical wiring condition: Presence of electrical damage (check for rewiring present underneath steering wheel, and extra wires through firewall)

Interior paneling condition: presence of interior panelling such as dashboard, center console, headliner and condition (headliner excellent, dashboard cracks etc)

Seat belt condition: presence of seat belts and buckles and condition (check for tears or fraying)

Seats recline function: Seats - recline functionality

Seats slide function: - slide forward/backwards functionality

Headrest of seats condition: - presence of headrests and condition

Floor pan condition: - presence of rust underneath floor mats

AC condition: , fan blower operation, temperature of air

Leaking condition: presence of leaks from any component

Engine oil pan damage: presence of engine oil pan damage

Body mount condition: body mounts presence and condition (check of box bolts)

Axle seal condition: presence of Axle seals leaks

What does the vehicle prepurchase inspection include exactly?

A written report with the results of the 28 point vehicle quality checklist, over 40 pictures and a video of the engine startup and idling. 

How can I pick up the vehicle at the port of destination?

1. Temporary Tags

2. Vehicle Transporter

1. You can apply for temporary tags if available  beforehand from your local DMV and take those to pick up vehicle at the port of arrival and drive your vehicle home.

2. Hire a vehicle transporter that will transport your vehicle to your home. You can get a vehicle transportation quote online instantly at Easy Auto Transport  and at other similar vehicle transporter websites.

How do I register an imported vehicle at the local DMV?

 DMV registration regulation may differ from state of state, but most DMV registration regulation generally require the following :

  • Previous Registration
  • Bill(s) of Sale providing a complete chain of transfers and ownerships
  • One of the following U.S. Customs Entry Forms
  • Stamped US Customs and Border Patrol CBP form 7501

Landcruisermart.com provides all the above mentioned documents so the vehicle can be registered at your local DMV.

The vehicles we import are 100% legal across the US. If you can't register it in your state, we will buy it back guaranteed.  California customers must complete an emissions compliance modification performed by California Environmental Engineering in Santa Anna, CA.  Please contact us for more information. 


Is it legal to own, license and drive a non-US market vehicle in my state?

The vehicles we import are 100% legal across the US. If you can't register it in your state we will buy it back guaranteed.  California customers must complete an emissions compliance modification performed by California Environmental Engineering in Santa Anna, CA.  Please contact us for more information. 


What are some popular shipping routes for USA?

Central America to port of miami

Central America to port of long beach/los angeles

What are the shipping routes for Canada?

Central America to port of miami to  port of St. Johns and or port of montreal

Central America to port of long beach/los angeles to port of Vancouver

What are the import duties for vehicles entering the USA?

For vehicles that are not pickup trucks: 

2.5 % of value of the vehicle, determined by bill of sale, 

For vehicles that are pickups trucks:

25% of value of the vehicle, determined by bill of sale

What are the import duties for vehicles entering in Canada?

Import Duty:

Import Duty is only applicable to non-NAFTA vehicles and is calculated at 6.1% of the value of the vehicle, determined by bill of sale. NAFTA cars are vehicles that have been manufactured or have been assembled in Canada, the US or Mexico with a minimum of 55% content. 


 Whenever any vehicle (new or used) is imported into Canada it is subject to a GST tax of 5% of the value of the vehilce, determined by bill of sale.

Air Conditioning Excise Tax:

Excise tax on vehicles equipped with a/c:  CAD $100

How does a vehicle being shipped to Canada stop in the USA if the USA doesn't allow vehicles with an age of less than 25 years old in the country?

In this case  the vehicle would enter US Territory but not US Customs Territory. As it is not entering US customs territory the vehicle wouldn't need to clear US customs and pay import duty, instead as its going to canada at the port of transshipment the vehicle would enter a free trade zone, in the US it is called a foreign trade zone, for what is called a transshipment.

Transshipment is the act of off-loading a container from one ship (generally at a hub port) and loading it onto another ship to be further carried to the final port of discharge

So technically the vehicle wont actually enter the USA as it wouldn't leave the port of transshipment foreign trade zone becuause it would be prepared for transhipment to canada.

Does Landcruisermart.com clear customs for the vehicles it exports?

Landcruisermart.com hires expert export Licensed Customs Brokers for the purpose of clearing customs for vehicles being imported to USA and or Canada. We can recommend import custom brokers on the canada/US side to assist with the importation process.

Will Landcruisermart.com assist in exporting a vehicle I already own to North America?

For those who already own a land cruiser or vehicle in Central America and would like to export it to North America, Landcruisermart.com offers a export broker service to assist in exporting vehicles from central america to North America. 

Will Landcruisermart.com find a vehicle for me that is not listed on Landcruisermart.com based on my criteria?

Of course! If you have something in mind please contact us here so we can find the specific vehicle you would like.

Does Landcruisermart.com import vehicles different than Land Cruisers or Toyota 4x4's?

Even though we specialize in Land Cruisers, we can import whichever vehicle you would like.

Is Landcruisermart.com able to import non Canadian domestic market vehicles  that are newer than 15 years old into Canada?

Vehicles that are non canadian domestic market that are newer than 15 years old are not able to be imported to Canada due to a very expensive customization process set up by the Canadian authorities.

Is Landcruisermart.com able to import non us domestic market vehicles that are newer than 25 years old into the USA?

Vehicles that are non us domestic market that are newer than 25 years old are not able to be imported to the USA due to a very expensive customization process set up by the EPA and the DOT.

Does Landcruisermart.com perform maintenance or repair Land Cruisers that are for sale?

Sure! If you like to perform maintenance on the vehicle you would like to purchase from Land Cruiser Mart. We can set up any type of maintenance, build, or restoration project. Labor costs in central america are more economical than USA so sometimes it makes sense to perfrom maintenance on your vehicle in central america before it arrives in the USA.

What's the process for finding a vehicle specifically for me not listed on Landcruisermart.com?

The customer lets us know the desired type of vehicle and we begin sesrching for candidates. Please send an email, text or call and we will be glad to send you potential vehicle candidates for you. 

What makes Landcruisermart.com different from other importers?

We offer the best vehicles at the best prices. We feel we are different in that most other importers offer mostly right hand drive vehicles. We specialize in Left Hand drive vehicles. We offer vehicles with proven credentials, compression tests, service records, etc. We make sure to do it right.

Can Landcruisermart.com do maintenance or upgrades based on my requests?

Sure!  We are a full service shop with the ability to do basic maintenance to a total restoration.  Just ask!

Is it hard to find parts for non-US Land Cruisers?

It mostly depends on which part you are searching for. More than 50 per cent of drivetrain related parts can be acquired directly from Toyota through any of their dealerships with the part number. Electronics, trim and interior can be a more difficult to locate, having said that  there are  a great number of parts available in Canada and Australia, places where these vehicles have been sold since many years ago. One place you can start at is Cruiser Outfitters.  If finally you can’t locate something you need, LCM gives parts sourcing assistance lifetime for the duration of your ownership of the vehicle.

Does Landcruisermart.com provide vehicle financing?

We do not provide financing, but we will coordinate with your lending institution to procure financing. Your local bank or credit union provide the best rates. Specialty financing companies who cater solely on classic and collectible vehicle purchases such as JJ Best Banc & Company also are an option. We can assist with inspections and appraisal data to facilitate for you the loan you need.

Are accessories and aftermarket upgrades like lift-kits available?

Most definitely yes!. Land Cruisers have plentiful aftermarket support due to their popularity and excellence. Land Cruisers and Non us domestic market Toyota vehicles count with a good number of aftermarket accessories, performance upgrades and replacement parts. Cruiser Outfitters  provides a US based option for non US domestic market oem Toyota parts. We can also perform a build on your truck using parts from Cruiser Outfitters and other vendors.

Can US mechanics and service shops work on these vehicles?

Most definitely yes. Any good diesel specialist shop can service and rebuild the engines and fuel systems. Other drive train components are similar or the same to the US spec Land Cruisers and can be serviced and rebuilt at almost any professional repair shop specializing in those items.  If you’re having an issue with something, LCM offers lifetime tech support for the duration of your ownership of the truck

Does Landcruisermart.com have inventory other than what's on our website?

 Of course, if you would like something different from the website, contact us with the vehicle you want and we will send you the vehicles candidates available.


Does Landcruisermart.com provide marine cargo shipping insurance?

Yes, the shipping companies offer marine cargo shipping insurance for all vehicles shipping from central america to north america.

Does Landcruisermart.com provide Canandian and or US customs clearance service?

No, we do not offer this service, though we can recommend custom brokers for you.


What does prelim price mean?

It means the price of the vehicle excluding export customs broker and ocean shipping.

How much is generally the export customs broker?

The price is approximately USD 1000 to get an authorized export customs certificate.

How much is shipping?

Shipping costs vary depending on many factors, though generally shipping to canadian ports are apporximately USD 7 K

and shipping to USA ports approximately USD 5-7 K 











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